Journey to the Beloved Community: Story Quilts by Beth Mount features quilts created by Beth Mount, a Georgia native living in New York City. Mount uses her textile skills in a creative format to build communication among the diverse groups of people with whom she works. Her life's work is devoted to supporting people with disabilities in becoming valued members of the community and she uses quilts as a way to connect people and ideas, art and activism.
Mount’s quilts serve as metaphor and example of the weaving together of the colorful interests of many into tapestries of shared concern. Her quilts display vibrant collections of diversity – fabrics, patterns, and identities – from people of many cultures finding a way toward an aesthetic that expresses harmony, balance, rhythm, vitality, beauty, and joy in the process of creation.
While Mount’s quilts are created with a communal purpose, her aesthetic is rooted in both quilting traditions and contemporary eclecticism. Like many women, Mount learned to quilt and embroider from her grandmother. She hand sews her quilts, but uses a machine to complete her work. Her colorful design- filled creations are inspired by the people she meets and knows, but her aesthetic is largely informed artist Faith Ringold, who is best known for her mixed-media story quilts. Mount also admires the work of the Gees Bend quilters from Alabama.
Organized by Telfair Museums and curated by Tania Sammons, Curator of Decorative Arts and the Owens-Thomas House.